A Day in the NHL Chase for the Stanley Cup: Brodeur and Devils Send Flyers Packing, Await Capitals or Rangers

Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are off to the Eastern Conference Finals. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The Night that Was: 

The Philadelphia Flyers faced the reality of elimination last night at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, and had to do it without their best player in Claude Giroux. With Giroux suspended for one game, the offense fell to the depth players and it was Max Talbot opening the scoring. Talbot’s fourth of the playoffs gave the Flyers a short-lived 1-0 lead though as just two minutes later Bryce Salvador tied it up, and a couple of minutes after that, Ilya Bryzgalov played a puck off of David Clarkson and into his own net to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Ilya Bryzgalov was shaky on both Devils goals, so New Jersey pressured him in the second, outshooting the Flyers 11-7, but they were kept off of the scoreboard. The Fyers’ offense picked it up in the third with 10 shots, but after an early penalty by James van Riemsdyk, a power play goal from Ilya Kovalchuk sealed the Devisl 3-1 win and a berth in the Conference Finals. Martin Brodeur made 27 saves on the evening, as both Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique finished with two-point evenings. The Devils now await the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers/New York Rangers series.

Devils 3 vs Flyers 1 – Devils win series 4-1

What’s on Tonight?

The New York Rangers try to put the finishing touches on the Conference Final matchups as they take a 3-2 series lead in to Washington. The Rangers won Game 5 3-2 in overtime, and Game 7 would go Saturday in New York if necessary.

The Injury Bug:

-If the Rangers and Devils go to a Game 7, that may be good news for Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with an upper-body injury.

-Brandon Dubinsky, who has yet to play against Washington, remains out with a lower-body injury. His status remains questionable.

News and Notes

-Ryan Kesler underwent surgery for a torn labrum yesterday, and it’s being reported as a success. The drawback of this however, is the six-month recovery window, which will have him miss the beginning of the season once again for the Vancouver Canucks.

-The Montreal Canadiens’ new General Manager Marc Bergevin has some connections to his former team the Chicago Blackhawks, and he may have been looking at bringing one to Montreal. Rumours were swirling that Joel Quenneville might be the next coach of the Montreal Canadiens, but those reports were denied by Chicago. Quenneville is under contract to the Blackhawks until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Playoff 3-Stars

1. Adam Henrique, F: 2 A, 1 PPA, +1, 6/10 on faceoffs

2. Ilya Kovalchuk, F: 1G, 1A, 1 PPG

3. Martin Brodeur, G: 27/28, W

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